Maybe All Metallica Needed Was a Better Snare Drum for St. Anger

Two things bugged me about St. Anger from the start: (a) the unlistenable amount of compression that induced near-fatal levels of listener fatigue within 15 seconds;  and (b) Lars’ trashy awful terrible horrible snare drum. What were they thinking?

Fortinately, we have to Internet which can heal all things. Listen to this bit of St. Anger with a proper snare–in this case, the snare from Master of Puppets— swapped in. 

The internet is awesome because someone took Metallica’s Master of Puppets and replaced it with the snare drum from St. Anger….the result is well…hear it for yourself – Marcello

Posted by Regina’s Rock Station, 104.9 The Wolf on Wednesday, May 27, 2015

(Via Danny and 104.9/The Wolf)

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 40+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

4 thoughts on “Maybe All Metallica Needed Was a Better Snare Drum for St. Anger

  • May 28, 2015 at 9:47 am

    Ummm…this is actually the opposite of what you’re describing – this is Mastery of Puppets with the awful St Anger drum dubbed in. I’m guessing someone didn’t actually listen to the video.

  • May 28, 2015 at 10:09 am

    When St Anger first came out, it was packaged with a companion DVD that featured the band performing the album live, in studio, in its entirety. That DVD sounded great, so we already know what the album would sound like with real drums and not garbage cans.

  • May 29, 2015 at 10:51 am

    He can’t listen to every single clip he gets. Sometimes he may need to delegate. Thanks for the link Alan. Yes, the snare was bad but the anticipation for that album was huge. I thought St Anger the single was great. Even the snare worked for it. But the rest of the album – no solos?

  • May 29, 2015 at 10:54 am

    Uh, excuse me – listen to every clip? What are you talking about? This is a story specifically about this video and it gets the point 100% backwards. I love Alan’s stuff but this is just lazy – he obviously saw the clip posted somewhere else (it was making the rounds) and he “reblogged” it carelessly without giving it any real attention.


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